NRL sorry for publishing players' favourite swear words on website

Shaun Johnson
Johnson led New Zealand to the 2014 Four Nations title

Australia's National Rugby League has apologised after publishing players' favourite swear words on its website.

New Zealand star Shaun Johnson, Newcastle Knights skipper Kurt Gidley and Brisbane Broncos forward Sam Thaiday were among those asked to reveal their chosen profanities.

The offending player profiles have been removed from the NRL website.

"This question was inappropriate and the responses should not have been published," read a statement.external-link

"We accept responsibility and removed the articles yesterday."

The profiles had apparently been on the site for several months but were only removed when Australian TV channel Seven News questioned the appropriateness of the content.

The 2015 NRL season begins on 5 March, when the Broncos host defending champions the South Sydney Rabbitohs.